A durable, hard-tackling defensive back who was a significant contributor during his career ... also saw time on special teams ... played in all 38 games his three seasons as a Terp ... sat out the 2007 season after transferring from USC.
As a Senior (2010): A third-team All-ACC choice by Phil Steele ... started at strong safety in all 13 games ... tied for sixth in the ACC and tied for 64th nationally in passes defended (0.85 pg) ... tied for second on the team and 17th in the ACC in interceptions (0.23 pg) ... also tied for third in the conference and tied for 23rd nationally in fumbles recovered (0.23 pg) ... fifth on the team in tackles (74), second in solo stops (47) and tied for third in tackles for loss (7.0) ... made five tackles, including four solo stops, against Navy (9/6) and also recovered a fumble ... made one stop against Morgan State (9/11) ... had three tackles and one pass breakup against West Virginia (9/18) ... posted five tackles vs. FIU (9/25) ... had a career-high four pass breakups and made his first career interception against Duke (10/2), and also had a season-high six tackles ... tied with Cameron Chism (and others) for the most PBUs in an FBS game this season ... his interception came in Maryland's end zone with the Blue Devils up 9-0 and driving, and on the Terps' ensuing possession they scored a TD ... recorded five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup against Clemson (10/16) ... had a hand in three turnovers against Boston College (10/23), collecting two interceptions and recovering a fumble, as the Terps scored 14 points off those miscues ... became the first Terp to record multiple interceptions in a game since Cameron Chism had two against MTSU (9/19/09) ... also had four tackles, including a half of a tackle for loss ... earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his performance vs. the Eagles ... third on the team with four tackles, all of them solo, against Wake Forest (10/30), while also making a sack and forcing a fumble ... had eight stops, third most in the game, vs. Miami (11/6) ... followed up that performance with seven stops and one PBU vs. Virginia (11/13) ... also had seven stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss, vs. FSU (11/20) ... was named ACC Defensive Back of the Week for his performance against NC State (11/27) ... had a team- and career-high 11 tackles against the Wolfpack, one tackle for loss, a pass breakup and forced a fumble that he recovered ... had eight tackles, including seven solo stops and a career-best 2.0 TFL, vs. East Carolina in the Military Bowl (12/29) ... a second team all-league preseason choice by Phil Steele's Preview.
As a Junior (2009): Played in all 12 games as a reserve safety and on special teams ... ranked eighth on the team with 45 tackles ... registered eight tackles, including seven solo stops, vs. Cal (9/5) ... made five tackles against MTSU (9/19) and had one TFL ... made five stops against Wake Forest (10/10) ... had one tackle vs. Duke (10/24) in limited action ... suffered a neck injury vs. the Blue Devils and was carted off the field on a stretcher as a precaution ... returned vs. NC State (11/7) and posted two tackles ... fourth on the team in tackles with seven against Virginia Tech (11/14) and recorded his first career PBU ... made his first start of the season vs. Florida State (11/21), posting a season-high nine tackles, including a career-best eight solo stops ... also forced the first fumble of his career vs. FSU.
As a Redshirt Sophomore (2008): Played in all 13 games in the defensive backfield with two starts at free safety ... ... also played on special teams and outside linebacker due to injuries at that postion ... recorded three tackles in the season-opening win over Delaware (8/30) ... made his first career start vs. Cal (9/13) in place of injured Terrell Skinner, tallying three tackles ... set a season high with four tackles vs. Eastern Michigan (9/20) in his second career start ... had his first half-TFL vs. Wake Forest (10/18) ... had two solo stops, including a tackle for loss, vs. North Carolina (11/15) ... had three tackles, including two solo stops, vs. FSU (11/22) ... had three tackles, including a season-best three solo stops and his first career sack, at BC (11/29).
As a Sophomore (2007): Sat out to fulfill NCAA transfer guidelines ... enrolled in classes in January and practiced with the team in the spring.
As a Freshman (2006 at USC): Played in seven games while serving as a backup free safety ... saw action vs. Arkansas, Nebraska, Arizona, Washington, Arizona State, Stanford and Oregon ... posted three tackles on the season with one each against Washington, Stanford and Oregon ... saw most of his action on special teams, but did come in at safety briefly in three games (Arkansas, Stanford, Oregon) ... graduated from high school a semester early and enrolled in college in the spring.
At Woodrow Wilson High School: One of the most sought after defensive back recruits in the nation ... named a 2006 Parade All-American ... also tabbed first-team All-USA Today ... named an EA Sports first-team All-American and a member of Super Prep Elite 50 ... earned a spot on the Prep Star Dream Team and the ESPN 150 ... a Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Northeast Defensive MVP, Prep Star All-Eastern and Gatorade New Jersey Player of the Year ... earned first-team all-state honors ... selected The Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Defensive MVP ... an all-conference selection as a defensive back and quarterback ... had 82 tackles, 10 deflections, seven interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 2005 ... also threw for 1,700 yards with 14 TDs and ran for 195 yards with two TDs ... as a junior in 2004, he recorded 58 tackles, seven interceptions and four forced fumbles, and also passed for 1,763 yards with 15 scores and ran for another 10 TDs ... coached by Mike McBride.
Personal: Parents are Phyllis and Lewis Perez ... both were standout high school athletes ... mother was first player to score 1,000 points in basketball at her high school and father was a prep All-American ... majoring in American studies.
|Perez's Career Statistics|
Career HighsTackles - 11 (vs. NC State, 11/27/10)
Solo Tackles - 8 (vs. Florida State, 11/21/09)
TFL - 2.0 (vs. East Carolina, 12/29/10)
PBU - 4 (vs. Duke, 10/2/10)
Interceptions - 2 (vs. Boston College, 10/23/10)